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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs New York Mets (7/20-7/22)

The Yankees enter the second half of the season with a 62-33 record, which has them slotted in second place in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox who are currently 4.5 games ahead with a 68-30 record to this point in the season. Following last year’s close encounter with the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees should definitely do their best to avoid the one game nightmare in this second half. The Yankees will begin this quest with a three game set against New York’s inferior team, the New York Mets. The Mets are currently sitting at the bottom of the NL East with a 39-55 record and the Yankees won two of the three meetings between the teams this season, signs which should indicate a Yankees’ series win. However, unfavorable pitching matchups could derail the Bronx Bombers in this Subway Series.

Girardi's questionable bullpen management hurts CC, Yankees in 4-1 loss to Toronto

Pulled too soon? Probably. Three batters after CC Sabathia was pulled due to a Edwin Encarnacion leadoff double in the seventh, Kevin Pillar put Toronto ahead 2-1 with a ground ball single through the right side on a 0-1 fastball. The next batter, Darwin Barney added on a 2-RBI single to extend the Toronto lead to 4-1 and to seal the deal for the Blue Jays. 

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Dellin Betances, who has been reliable most of the time this season, gave up two huge singles in the seventh that led to Toronto’s 4-1 win on Tuesday night. Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled Sabathia in favor of him, and it did not work. Betances continued to struggle in scenarios where he comes in with runner(s) on base.

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Although CC Sabathia (3-4, 2.85 ERA) entered tonight's start with a 0.45 ERA in the month of May, he was unable to capture the win. Sabathia was charged with the loss, despite the go-ahead run being scored with Betances on the mound; CC threw six innings today, and allowed just five hits and two earned runs, while striking out four.

Aaron Hicks kicked off the scoring by beating out a fielder’s choice grounder to second. Toronto tied the game in the bottom of the 4th with a Justin Smoak home run.

Mark Teixeira stayed cold, going 0 for 4 at the plate today. Chase Headley continues to hit well, and he went 2 for 4 today to raise his batting average up to .236. However, as a team, the Yankees went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.

Toronto’s Joe Biagini earned his third victory of the season with a scoreless inning, while Roberto Osuna earned his 12th save with a scoreless ninth.

Article by: Bryan Peng
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